Meet the Student Ambassadors

Mental Health and Wellbeing at SCA

Almost 2 in 10 students aged 11-16 have an identifiable mental health condition – which rises to 1 in 5 among 17-22 year olds. Problems are often hidden, stigma is still widespread, and many young people are not receiving support to access services. Secondary schools have a vital role to play in supporting young people’s mental health. Schools can develop young people’s social and emotional skills, and help those students who are having difficulties get the support they need. 


Salford City Academy's Vision 

We aspire to become an accredited Emotionally Friendly Setting: one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. Our whole-school approach will involve all parts of the school working together and being committed. We will develop partnership working between senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as students, parents, carers and the wider community. 

As part of the Thrive in Education model, we will provide targeted support for young people's emotional health and wellbeing. This model offers a co-ordinated response with multi agency joint working and a dedicated ‘mental health support team’ (MHST). The model was developed in response to the Mental Health in Education Green Paper.

Emotionally Friendly Settings (EFS) Programme 

Salford City Academy are proud to have been awarded with the bronze level accreditation as an Emotionally Friendly Setting. 


Developed by educational psychologists from their extensive experience of working with children and young people, Emotionally Friendly Settings is an evidence-based approach, whole setting approach to emotional health and well-being. 

Based around four modules, the Emotionally Friendly Settings Programme promotes the positive mental and emotional health of the young people in our academy. 

The Emotionally Friendly Settings process: 



Salford City Academy’s EFS Champions are: 

  • Mrs Laura Dawson (Senior Mental Health Lead) 
  • Miss Lynsey Wright (Student Wellbeing Ambassador Lead) 
  • Mrs Emma Breen 
  • Mrs Yvette Millin 
  • Mrs Susan Halsall 
  • Mr Martin Wilkinson 
  • Mrs Pagan Jones 
  • Ms. Anne Hickey 


Please see our SEMH Provision Map which details Salford City Academy's offer to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students.


Salford City Academy's Mental Health Lead is Mrs Laura Dawson, Assistant Principal - SEND & Wellbeing. Please email if you have any questions or comments.



Student Wellbeing Ambassadors 

Main responsibilities:

  • Promoting awareness and sharing information with students and staff regarding key events on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Calendar 
  • Leading World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Week assemblies to all students  
  • Collaborative planning with Staff Wellbeing Committee regarding joint fundraising and whole school initiatives (including development of a Wellbeing Offer for both staff and students) 
  • Supporting identified students (training via Ms Bell – School Counsellor) 
  • Engagement in the Peer to Peer Support programme in liaison with IYSS (more info to be confirmed Autumn 2 term) 
  • Signposting students to additional support as required (post box, QR codes, social media drives and development of website) 
  • Communicating with Ms Haselden and Senior Leaders to share barriers and solutions to promoting whole school mental health awareness and wellbeing 

  • On Sunday 10th October, we recognised and celebrated World Mental Health Day. This year's theme was 'Mental Health in an Unequal World', and our Wellbeing Ambassadors led a week of assemblies to highlight the importance of good mental health for all. The ambassadors were absolutely fantastic in their delivery to whole school - exemplary student leaders! 


  • 07th October - We raised £884.95 in October for Youngminds  by taking part in their #Helloyellow day. Staff and students wore yellow to raise awareness for the charity and the work they do to support young people and their mental health. We also brought back sponge a teacher by popular demand to help with the fundraising.



  • September 2021 - Salford City Academy are proud to announce that there are currently fifteen Student Wellbeing Ambassadors across years 7-11 and seventeen members of the Staff Wellbeing Committee. These teams work collaboratively to promote awareness of mental health and wellbeing across the Academy and our wider school community. The first event that we recognised this academic year was National Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September. A presentation was shared with all tutor groups, as well as updates to our Academy Instagram and Facebook pages. 

10 Ways to Find Support with Children and Young Peoples Mental Health - Click here to see what external agencies can provide additonal support.


Parent Online Courses

All parents can take advantage of FREE access to our Creative Education community membership. Simply click on the provided link and register with an email address and password of your choice to access over 80 online courses. These courses cover a wide range of topics including mental health and wellbeing, anxiety, autism, ADHD, bereavement and many more:
We hope you will find this a useful resource. We would love to hear any feedback about courses you complete. You can access these courses immediately and membership is available right through until September 2022.


Useful Links

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Information for parents and carers

Find Help For My Child's Mental Health | Parents | YoungMinds

Mental health during childhood and adolescence is very important. Difficulties like anxiety and depression can start when people are young and it is important for young people and their families to understand these difficulties and get support when needed.


The PIPA Trial is exploring the effectiveness of an online resource for parents/carers to help reduce depression and anxiety in young people. The trial is being coordinated by the University of Warwick and involves families of young people aged 11-15 years from schools in the UK.


The trial is free and conducted completely online. Eligible parents/carers and young people will be asked to complete some questionnaires. Parents/carers will then receive access to some online parenting resources: either the standard educational package of factsheets or the personalised programme with up to nine modules. Parents/carers and young people will also be asked to complete some follow-up questionnaires.


Please look out for the letter about how to sign up which also contains some information sheets with more details. If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs L Dawson or contact the PIPA trial team at or 02476574316/02476575078.

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